Guest: Stevie Richards
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley, James Walsh, & Nick Noel
Transcript By: Patrick Kelley & James Walsh
In a rare interview with a wrestling site Michael Manna, known to wrestling fans as Stevie Richards, addresses a lot of topics from throughout his career as well as brings us up to speed on what he is doing in addition to tearing it up in Extreme Rising in the title tournament right now. Plus, he has a special challenge to wrestling fans as to why they torture themselves the way they do.
Stevie says that he normally doesn't do these types of interviews but agreed to do ours after seeing who we've had on and how we have done those interviews. I consider that a great compliment from a worker I've always admired the work of.
We often do interviews that pick the brain of people who have seen and done it all in our business. This is one of those interviews. For a fun yet intellectual interview, you are going to want to listen to this one! And, this show is dedicated to the memory of Brad Armstrong and Buddy Roberts who sadly passed since our last broadcast.
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Michael Manna AKA Stevie Richards:
- We at Wrestlingepicenter.com welcome long awaited guest Stevie Richards on the show. James reveals that he was one of the ones that called the ECW merchandise line that Stevie worked on during the week when he wasn't doing the show. He said it was nice to have a job outside of the actual wrestling. Gabe Sapolsky also worked on the hotline.
- Stevie is fresh off a Black Friday appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" show in which he was presented as an expert source on technology and the newest on the newest useful products worth having. He enjoyed doing the show and reveals it was the first time he had done anything under his real name of Michael Manna. The show was set up by his
PR firm Electic Media Productions (found at mediaproductions.tv). Stevie puts them over as being wonderful to work with & has done a great job of giving him opportunities for promotion & exposure.
- Stevie says that he has three passions: Wrestling, Fitness, & Technology. He loves being creative and active in all three. He has always been well versed in computers, even at a young age, long before he even got into wrestling.
- When talking about the best Wrestling video games , James puts over WWF No Mercy for the N64 (which featured Stevie Richards) as the best and references our interview with AJ Styles where Styles agreed with that sentiment. Stevie however states that his favorites are New Japan 4 & Giant Gram 2000 for the Dreamcast and puts over the control style of those games. Interestingly, he also states that he had this conversation with AJ in the past.
- He knows a lot about production and isn't interested in playing that kind of role in wrestling. He does bring about the double edged sword of social media which opens the door for both exposure & opening the door for haters to contact. He then jokes about not using his technical savvy as a wrestling character either, and references The York Foundation as why he feels that probably wouldn't work.
- Stevie is currently working with the Extreme Rising shows that are being run by Shane Douglas. Stevie once again talks about the effects of nostalgia and how it can be a positive experience, but at the same time it can be a security blanket to keep going back to when they can't come up with something new. When talking about Extreme Rising, he says that for the most part the shows have gone very well with energetic crowds. However, he does mention that he tries to be in the best shape possible every time he goes out there, while others on the roster aren't: "When you wear a shirt in the ring, you should not be in the ring". He is not trying to put anyone down, but rather wants the show should be promoted as well as possible.
- When making appearances like the one on "Fox and Friends", his wrestling background was never mentioned....